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In the Arena: Conversations of a Lifetime

Brad Rieger

What makes leaders tick? In the Arena podcast delves into the inner workings and personal dynamics of leadership. We’ll shine a light on the life-shaping experiences and perspectives of leaders who have navigated adversity and moved their organizations and themselves forward. Defining moments, lessons learned, and points of inspiration provide a roadmap for these conversations of a lifetime. The podcast title In the Arena has historical roots. In 1910, a year after leaving the presidency, Teddy Roosevelt gave a rousing address in Paris in which he chastised cynics and grenade-throwing critics who lambasted leaders as they worked valiantly to improve the human condition. Over time TR’s “The Man in the Arena” became indelibly linked to the nobility and struggles of leadership. In the Arena host Brad Rieger is the chief executive officer at Cooper-Smith, a full-service marketing and advertising agency headquartered in Toledo, OH with a satellite office in Stamford, CT. Prior to working in the private sector, Brad enjoyed a meaningful 31-year career in education serving in the roles of teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. He is a student of the complexities and nuances of leadership and admires the strivers, trailblazers, and influencers who lead with conviction, courage, and resilience.
Chad Bringman - Executive Director & President, Ronald McDonald House Charities of NW OhioSeptember 22, 2022 Episode artwork Rev. John Jones - President & CEO, Hope ToledoSeptember 08, 2022 Episode artwork Tom Runnells – Professional Baseball Player, Coach/Manager, and Ambassador August 05, 2022 Episode artwork Dr. Veronica Motley – Superintendent, Sylvania Schools June 29, 2022 Episode artwork Tod Kowalczyk - Head Coach, University of Toledo Men’s BasketballJune 21, 2022 Episode artwork Wendi Huntley – President, Connecting Kids to MealsMay 11, 2022 Episode artwork Dr. Clint Longenecker – People and Organizational TransformerApril 22, 2022 Episode artwork Dr. Kadee Anstadt – Superintendent, Washington Local Schools March 28, 2022 Episode artwork Jim Haudan – Chairman and Cofounder, Root Inc. March 04, 2022 Episode artwork Stuart James – Executive Director, The Ability CenterJanuary 28, 2022 Episode artwork Ann Ebbert – CEO/President, Cherry Street Mission MinistriesJanuary 07, 2022 Episode artwork Stephen Rothschild – CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater ToledoDecember 15, 2021 Episode artwork Gus Mancy – Co-Owner/Partner, Mancy’s Restaurant Group November 02, 2021 Episode artwork Christine Sweeney – Executive Director, The Art Tatum ZoneOctober 22, 2021 Episode artwork Vicky Hurst – LPGA Tour GolferSeptember 09, 2021 Episode artwork Dr. Romules Durant – CEO/Superintendent, Toledo Public SchoolsAugust 03, 2021 Episode artwork Sharon Speyer – Regional President, Huntington National Bank June 29, 2021 Episode artwork Rita Mansour – Founder and Senior Managing Director, Mansour Wealth Management May 25, 2021 Episode artwork Mike Bell – Former Mayor, State Fire Marshal and Fire ChiefMay 07, 2021 Episode artwork Aly Sterling – President/Founder, Aly Sterling PhilanthropyApril 08, 2021 Episode artwork Fritz Byers – Constitutional LawyerMarch 24, 2021 Episode artwork Fr. Jim Bacik – Catholic Priest, Theologian, Professor, Author, and LecturerMarch 02, 2021 Episode artwork Anna Toney – Executive Director, Leadership ToledoFebruary 17, 2021 Episode artwork Tom Hosler - Superintendent, Perrysburg SchoolsJanuary 22, 2021 Episode artwork Rhonda Sewell – Director of Belonging & Community Engagement, Toledo Museum of ArtJanuary 15, 2021 Episode artwork